International Conference
Vienna, November 27 - 29, 2013

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


Brigitte Mazohl  (President of the Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences, Austrian Academy of Sciences): Welcome
Wolfgang Lutz:  Introduction of Wittgenstein Centre
Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz and Michael Kuhn:  Thematic Introduction on Health, Education and Retirement over the Prolonged Life Cycle

Session: Effects of retirement

Chair: Michael Kuhn

  • Ingo W. K. Kolodziej and Pilar García-Gómez
    The Causal Effects of Retirement on Mental Health in Eleven European Countries  PDF
  • Shinya Kajitani, Kei Sakata and Colin McKenzie
    Occupation, Retirement and Cognitive Functioning PDF

Session: Training, productivity and employment

Chair: Michael Kuhn

  • Raymond Montizaan
    Training, HR and Retirement BehaviorPDF
  • Michele Belloni and Claudia Villosio
    The effect of Lifelong Learning on European older workers’ productivity  PDF


Thursday, 28 November 2013


Chair: Michael Kuhn

Andrew Jones

Education and Equality of Opportunity in Health


Session: Retirement & Pensions (i)

Chair: Gustavo De Santis

  • Fabian Kindermann
    Pension Funding and Human Capital  PDF
  • Markus Knell
    Increasing Life Expectancy and Pay-As-You-Go Pension Systems  PDF

Session: Long-term effects

Chair: Gustavo De Santis

  • Govert Bijwaard, Hans van Kippersluis and Justus Veenman
    Education and Health: The Role of Cognitive Ability PDF
  • Martina Celidoni and Luca Salmasi
    The long-term effect of poverty on obesity, evidence from Europe  PDF


Chair: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

Uwe Sunde

Life Expectancy, Education, and Economic Development

Session: Health over the life-course

Chair: Andreas Schäfer

  • Hendrik Schmitz and Matthias Westphal
    Short- and medium term effects of informal care provision on health  PDF
  • Heather Booth, Pilar Rioseco and Heather Crawford
    Demographic differences in the association between social networks and self-rated health in later life  PDF

Session: Retirement & Pensions (ii)

Chair: Andreas Schäfer

  • Gustavo De Santis
    (The Almost Ideal way of) Reconciling social and actuarial equity in pension systems  PDF
  • Tibor Hanappi:
    Retirement Behaviour in Austria: Incentive Effects on Old-Age Labor Supply  PDF


Friday, 29 November 2013

Session: Economic models of the life-cycle

Chair: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

  • Titus J. Galama and Hans van Kippersluis
    Joint Investment in Education and Health: A Unified Theory of Human Capital Formation
  • Andreas Schäfer and Alexia Prskawetz
    Inequality, Pollution, and Life Expectancy   PDF

 Session: Disentangling life-cycle developments

Chair: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

  • Louis Chauvel and Valentina Ponomarenko
    Testing Cohort-Effect Hysteresis with APC Models: Comparing Suicide Rates of Old-Aged in 16 Countries (1980-2010)  PDF
  • Hans Oluf Hansen
    Survivorship impacts of latent biological heterogeneity and period elements in human mortality   PDF

 Session: Retirement Transitions

Chair: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

  • Agnieszka Chlon-Dominczak
    Female transition to retirement   PDF
  • Linda Kridahl
    Retirement and Leisure – A Longitudinal Study Using Swedish Data


Poster Session

  • Claudio Deiana: Disability and Labour Market Outcomes: An Empirical Analysis Across Europe
  • Patrice De Micco: Minimum Pension Reforms and Early Retirement Behavior: Is There a Gender Bias? The Case of Spain
  • Pau Mire and Madelin Gomez: Working beyond age 55 in Spain, 1987-2011
  • Alla Ivanova and Elena Zemlyanova: Adult Mortality Differentiation According to Educational Level in Russia    PDF
  • Martin Kerndler: The twin hypothesis of education and retirement   PDF
  • Katalin Kovács: Health and education as determinants of economic activity in six European countries
  • Cornelia Mureşan: Impact of transition to motherhood on educational enrollment
  • Valentina Ponomarenko: Scarring in Old Age in Europe and the US: Social Inequality and the Transition to Retirement  PDF
  • Monika Riedel and Helmut Hofer: Determinants of the transition from work into retirement
  • Pilar Rioseco: The effect of subjective life expectancy on change in expected retirement age over time  PDF
  • Gabriel Tati: Differentials in vulnerability and functional capacity among the elderly in the context of prolonged life in Africa


The conference was co-ordinated by Alexia Prskawetz and Michael Kuhn.


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After scientific review, selected conference contributions were published in the thematic issue of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2014: